Friday, December 8, 2017

2017 the year of loss and reflection in Music and America

Those who follow this blog may have noticed my absence for most of 2017. The year began with some uncertainty. A new president, new policies, new bands and whole new increase in the polarization of society. My goals for content to this site were diminished by my medical woes and

Saturday, December 2, 2017


STONER ROCK #16 (Playlist)

A love all these playlists.  Wouldn't post them if I didn't.  That being said, this is one of my favorites.  Finishes with a highly worthy bonus track


 Also, check out some Santa Sabbath, below.  Back next weekend
-ULTRA-
 SANTA SABBATH
(You kind of have to listen now, don't you?)
Someone really did this... (and has done this for three years in a row now).  Four dudes (now five) from L.A. who would have been the heaviest, doomiest band ever to be featured on the Dr. Demento show if they had existed in the 1970's.  Had to share this one early, since its value is really highest before Christmas as opposed to afterwards.  Here is a favorite of mine from each release:

Here is "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", released December first (hot off the press):



Now "Wicked Christmas" from last year's release entitled "Christmas Bloody Christmas":


Now "Electric Hanukkah"" from 2015's "Children Of The Sleigh":


Should be able to post the next Stoner Rock playlist tomorrow night; until then...-ULTRA



Friday, November 24, 2017

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE: Villains
Aggressive Hard Rock As Imagined By Josh Homme
Few musicians have influenced the course of rock music as much as Joshua Homme.  It could be argued that the term "Stoner Rock" may never have existed if it weren't for Kyuss, and Queens Of The Stone Age helped to revitalize the genre with their unique take on traditional rock.  Josh is one one of the great songwriters in rock, and Troy is a guitar god.  If you have never thought of him that way, listen again to "Misfit Love", and then to just about anything else he's done.  He is disciplined, and seldom dominating the music, but always tearing in up in some way 

Check out how "Villains" opens; the tune is "Feet Don't Fail Me."  Immediately lives in their all-time greats list:
And now track 2, "The Way You Used To Do."  If you watch the video you might lose sight of the fact that this tune really kicks ass, just because the video does not really match the true aggressiveness of the songwriting.  Anyhow, Josh is totally weird and totally cool at the same time.

And one more: "Head Like A Haunted House."  Only Josh can shred like this while inviting you to dance.


Queens Of The Stone Age Is:

Joshua Homme: Guitar, Vocals
Troy Van Leeuwen: Guitar
Michael Shuman: Bass
Dean Fertita: Keyboards, Guitar
John Theodore:  Drums



"Villains" brings you the quality you expect from a Queens Of The Stone Age album, and instantly rises to the upper ranks of their album releases

That's all for now, will check in next weekend

-ULTRA

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Thanksgiving Rock 

Try doing a search of your music library for the word "Thank".  I got thirteen hits, but these are the only three that really belong in the same group.  In chronological order of release: 1969, 1970 and 1979.  

   
Jimmy Page plays a reserved, but oh-so-tasteful solo right in the middle of "Thank You", and John Paul Jones pulls the whole thing together.  Mellow but still classic rock from one of the top few most important bands in the history of rock music.  Got a review and maybe a playlist coming this weekend.  Until then
-ULTRA

Friday, November 17, 2017


STONER ROCK #15 (Playlist)

A lot of truly great tunes here.  Hear for yourself, ideally at high volume.  

 Hope you liked it.  Until next time.
-ULTRA-

Friday, November 10, 2017

 SESAME CHICKEN??
(Free Samples)
Here are some brand new free samples on Bandcamp that might make you want to buy the full meal:


POTION: "Seven Sorcerers/Gravemaker"
I found this one just by watching the bottom scroll on the Bandcamp main page, showing what's being purchased on the site in real time.  The name, title and album cover caught my eye.  This band from Sydney is giving us its first two tracks for free, and they make me want to hear what's next. 



HAZEMAZE: "Live At Copperfields"
Another band giving us its first music for free, and these three guys from Stockholm have the balls to put out live recordings before releasing any studio tracks.  Some of these tunes  might not have impressed me if it weren't for the sincerity with which these guys play them.  I definitely look forward to a studio release.  Hazemaze will remind you of Pentagram from time to time.




TWELVE BOAR: "No Forgiveness"
This band has its whole library available for free, but have a healthy amount of Bandcamp listeners who paid money for them.  Listen and you will understand why.  Really high quality hard rock, somewhere between AC/DC and Nashville Pussy.  Twelve Boar are from Aldershot, England.  


That's it for now.  If you want to try a 60 to 80 minute assortment of classic stoner rock tunes, check out one of my playlists.  Until next time

-ULTRA

Friday, November 3, 2017


STONER ROCK #14 (Playlist)

Groove on these tunes; an unorthodox assortment, but they sure do flow nicely together .  Enjoy!

 Will come up with something or other next weekend.  Stay Heavy!
-ULTRA OUT-